Mourinho: "I know Werder well..."


Inter coach and Materazzi preview UCL clash. "We have the home advantage, we want all three points"

APPIANO GENTILE - José Mourinho and Marco Materazzi answered questions at today's UEFA news conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Group B Matchday 2 fixture against Werder Bremen.

"They're a very attacking team who can score goals," Mourinho said of the Germans. "If they score so much it's because they have strong strikers, but it's also because they play in a league where you can win with five goals and where no one criticises you for being offensive.

"We know that Werder have scored ten goals in two games but we know that they didn't score against Anorthosis. In the Champions League you don't often score many goals in the same match. They have changed a few players, bringing in Rosenberg, for example, but they have the same good coach and have been a well organised team for years.

"This match against Werder will be the most difficult of the three because in theory the Germans are stronger than Panathinaikos and Anorthosis Famagusta, and victory is more important for them than us because they dropped two points at home in the first round and we won in Athens. But we can do well.

"Let's not forget that we are top of our table in the Champions League. We have three points, our next two games are at home and there's no team in better form than us right now. If we get the points we need, we can qualify after the third match."

Before looking ahead to the Werder clash Marco Materazzi reflected on his dismissal from the bench in Sunday's Milan derby, thanking Mourinho for jumping to his defence. "I don't think I said anything special to the referee, but this is the law," said the Italy defender. "I think that in that moment of the derby all the Nerazzurri fans, and I'm a Nerazzurri fan, would have said 'when are you going to blow?' to the referee. In the end though we cleared everything up and it all ended there.

"As for the insults against me from opposing fans, this has been going on for a long time, but in so many years it's the first time someone has completely stood up for me. This shows how important our coach is for the players. I have thanked him in private for this, and now I thank him in public. Fortunately these things don't happen in the Champions League because UEFA are the first to severely punish personal insults.

"We can't say that we're favourites to win against Werder, but we have the home advantage and we want to get three points in front of our fans. They have some good strikers, and an excellent player in Diego who is probably their only individual player. They also have Pizarro and Rosenberg, who move a lot."

José Mourinho dismissed the press conference with a few words about his lineup for tomorrow's match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (kick-off 20:45). "Eighty percent of my team will be the same as last Sunday's," he said.

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